By April, he had returned to Florence. He saw his father Ser Piero, who was by this time a wealthy man of 74, living with his fourth wife. Leonardo took up lodgings with the Servite friars of Florence, hoping to find a patron soon. He agreed to paint an altarpiece for the friars, but it took months for him to begin. In the meantime, he undertook several architectural projects, and continued work in his notebooks on the collapse of buildings and building materials. The altarpiece for the friars was to be a painting of the Virgin and Saint Anne, following the then current vogue for St. Anne, Mary's mother; at the time there was much discussion of an apocryphal passage which claimed that St. Anne was also a virgin mother. By 1501, Leonardo had begun work on the cartoon, or preliminary drawing. The
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